West Ham United’s plans to move to Olympic Stadium met with approval from UK Athletics

West Ham United’s hopes of moving into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games received a boost on Monday when the UK governing body of athletics gave its official backing to the east London club’s plans. To bet on any athletes, the fans can go to sites like 카지노 먹튀.

New surroundings: West Ham want to move to the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 Games Photo: GEOFF PUGH

Ed Warner, the chairman of UK Athletics, offered his full support to the joint bid by West Ham, Newham Council and entertainment company Live Nation just days after describing a rival bid by Tottenham Hotspur and 02 owners AEG as “an insult to the whole Olympic project”.

“What has impressed me so much about the joint bid from West Ham and Newham is their clear commitment to the spirit of the Olympic legacy and not just athletics at the elite end, but with the retention of the community track, our future champions and club runners too,” said Warner.

“It was clear from the start that only a partnership approach would bring to life the vision Seb Coe had when he committed to an athletics legacy in 2005 and we believe the collaboration of West Ham, Newham and UKA gives the strongest opportunity for a vibrant sporting legacy that will go well beyond 2012.”

Karren Brady, the West Ham vice-chairman, described the governing body’s backing as “fantastic news”.

“We believe ours is the only bid that can deliver London’s legacy commitment to the International Olympic Committee,” she said. “UKA’s endorsement is a powerful and highly-valued testament of that.”

Baroness Ford, chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, confirmed last week that the stadium would have to retain an athletics track after 2012.

The company hopes to make a decision on who will be the main tenant by December.

Meanwhile Hugh Brasher, the son of London Marathon co-founder Chris, is to succeed David Bedford as race director of the 29-year-old event when the former 10,000 metres world record-holder stands down in three years’ time.

Brasher, who has been a director of the annual race from Blackheath to The Mall for the past two years, will take over in a structured changeover, acting as deputy race director next year, joint race director with Bedford in 2012 before assuming sole responsibility in 2013, when Bedford will switch to a part-time role.

Bedford, 61, said: “Hugh Brasher, through his business experience in sporting events and understanding of the sport from every angle, was head and shoulders above the other applicants.”

By Simon Hart

Telegraph | 11 October 2010